Dry Creek Valley restaurants

Your best dining bets are in nearby Healdsburg. Or stop at the Dry Creek General Store and get wines and sandwiches for a winery picnic

Healdsburg's Flying Goat Coffee

On any given morning count on finding locals fueling up at "the Goat" just off the main square.

Kirsten Loken

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    Dry Creek Valley wineries

    Standouts include sleek (and green) zin-master Ridge, Lambert Ridge with its beautiful gardens, and Preston with its fine wines and organic produce


1 | Barndiva
Hollywood glam meets Mr. McGregor's farmhouse. Sip pretty cocktails outside under Moroccan chandeliers. The menu requires some concentration--it's divided into Light, Spicy, and Comfort categories, forcing you to choose what mood you're in that day--but the food is good and the setting is lovely, especially the back patio.
 231 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707/431-0100; barndiva.com

2 | Bistro Ralph
One of the first places on the square to set the bar for excellent seasonal cuisine.
 109 Plaza Street, Healdsburg; 707/433-1380

3 | Bovolo
Terrific pizza and salads, located behind Scharffen Berger chocolate and other gourmet food and wine stalls in the Plaza Farms complex.
 106 Matheson Street, Healdsburg; 707/431-2962

4 | Cyrus
Exquisite cooking that's giving Napa Valley's French Laundry a run for its money.
 29 North Street, Healdsburg; 707/433-3311; cyrusrestaurant.com

5 | Downtown Bakery & Creamery
Longtime favorite for morning (or anytime) pastries. Head baker and owner Kathleen Stewart is a Chez Panisse disciple.
 308 A Center Street, Healdsburg; 707/431-2719; downtownbakery.net

6 | Dry Creek General Store
It sells fishing bait, a great selection of local wines, and sandwiches, from meat loaf to prosciutto di Parma with fresh mozzarella.
 3495 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg; 707/433-4171; dcgstore.com

7 | Dry Creek Kitchen
New York celebrity-chef Charlie Palmer opened this place, then moved to town. Local ingredients and wines are in good hands in this serene, classy dining room.
 317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707/431-0330; charliepalmer.com/dry_creek

8 | Flying Goat Coffee
Just "the Goat" to locals, it serves excellent coffee and pastries.
 324 Center Street, Healdsburg; 707/433-3599; flyinggoatcoffee.com

9 | Jimtown Store
In the Alexander Valley just east of Healdsburg, Carrie Brown's Americana-filled general store is the place to stop for sublime sandwiches, salads, and what is without a doubt the world's best chocolate pudding.
 6706 State Highway 128, Healdsburg; 707/433-1212; jimtown.com

10 | Willi's Seafood & Raw Bar
An extension of the excellent Willi's Wine Bar near Santa Rosa (4404 Old Redwood Highway; 707/526-3096), this lively hangout serves Latin-leaning small plates.
 403 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg; 707/433-9191; willisseafood.net

11 | Bovolo
Excellent pizza and salads, amid the gourmet food and wine stalls.
 106 Matheson St., Healdsburg; 707/431-2962.

12 | Les Mars Hôtel
Feels more like Louis XIV's Loire Valley than today's Sonoma County.
 27 North St., Healdsburg; 707/433-4211; lesmarshotel.com

13 | Scopa
You’ll find sublime housemade pasta here.
 109A Plaza St.; 707/433-5282

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